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Inefficiency of US battle tanks used in Mosul leaves German magazine uneasy

US M1 Abrams tank engulfed in flames, Iraq

German Journalist Gernot Kramper examined two videos revealing the US-made M1 Abrams tank and the Russian-made T-90 being hit by anti-tank rockets. He found that the Russian-made military vehicles showed much better hardness and a higher level of armor protection than the American one.

The latest military operation in Mosul reveals that the US-led coalition is excellent in the air, but its land operations leave much to be desired, Kramper wrote for Stern magazine.

One of the videos published by ISIS militants reveals how an anti-tank rocket hit an American M1 Abrams tank and turned it into a “ball of fire.”

“The tank, weighing more than 60 tons, was supposed to protect its crew from something like that. The M1 Abrams is a combat armor tank of the US forces that is still in use. It was introduced for the first time in 1979, and since then it has been modernized several times. The Iraqis, however, have only reclaimed older versions available. The main problem is that the tanks have obviously not been reequipped with modern defense features,” the columnist wrote.

Obviously, a missile hit the most exposed part of the tank — the compartment with ammo. Still, the 60-ton tank was however supposed to provide protection for the crew. Apparently, the tank in question did not possess active defense systems. There was also no reactive armor on the vehicle that could have reduced the damage, Kramper stated.

The author also noted that in contrast to Iraqi soldiers equipped with the decent US military vehicles, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was provided by Moscow with the new efficient tanks. To prove his opinion, Kramper published a video depicting the US-produced TOW rocket hitting the Russian-made T-90 tank in Syria. The vehicle turned out to have an active protection system that didn’t let the missile to penetrate the armor and enabled the crew to get out of the cab.

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